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Research Focus

Aspiring to be a leading, research-led, liberal arts University in Asia, Hong Kong Baptist University is committed to conducting world-leading investigations that extends the frontiers of knowledge, tackles global challenges and benefits the community at home and abroad. 

Pursuing research excellence is one of the priorities of the University’s Institutional Strategic Plan 2018-2028. The University keeps enhancing its capacity and strength to produce world-class research with an aim to bring significant impact to society. The University will achieve this by:


  • developing clusters of strength to maximise knowledge outputs and impact 
  • establishing university-wide research themes to focus resources on strategic clusters 
  • building up research human capacity as well as broaden and deepen research training 
  • enhancing the learning experiences of scholars and postgraduate students 
  • supporting diverse approaches to scholarship 
  • addressing community needs through applied research 
  • developing research collaborations with strategic partners around the world 
  • producing new knowledge that improves people’s lives


Strategic Clusters of Strengths


Encompassing HKBU’s research strengths, the University has identified four strategic clusters to enhance the University’s research coherence and foster the alliances of research strengths.


  • Creative Media and Practice (for example: film, graphics, literary arts, music and visual/ media arts)
  • Health and Drug Discovery (for example: in Chinese Medicine, chemistry, microbiology, ageing, physical education)
  • Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence in X (where X denotes applications such as journalism, business and finance)
  • Humanities and Cultures (for example: philosophy, literature, social work, sociology, geography, history, political science, learning sciences and human development, communication and economics)


Faculty Niche Research Areas


In addition to the University-wide Interdisciplinary Research Themes, each Faculty embraces their own niche research areas to increase the overall research capacity of the University:


FacultyFaculty Niche Research Area
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Three central topics: 


  • Well-being
  • Value
  • the Public Good


Five sub-themes:


  • Performance Studies
  • Chinese and Cross-Cultural Health Humanities
  • Creativity, Self, and Society
  • Minority Studies/Marginalised Populations Studies
  • Anthropocene Studies
School of BusinessCorporate Sustainability
School of Communication

  • Public communication for social good 
  • Communication strategies for pro-social behaviours 
  • Digital media and society 
School of Creative Arts
  • Arts and Technology
  • Creative Practice
Faculty of ScienceEnvironment-Health and Data Analytics
School of Chinese Medicine

Innovative Drug Discovery and Development Based on Chinese Medicines:


  • Precision Medicine and Phenomics
  • Translational Medicine and Innovative Drug Discovery
  • Authentication and testing of Chinese medicines
School of Continuing Education
  • Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Education and Teaching & Learning
  • Environment and Health